Spring Election Ballot Set

The deadline for filing for municipalities and school board was last Tuesday, January 6th.  Below is a recap of the people who have filed and incumbents that did not file for the upcoming election.

Mequon-Thiensville School District — Of the three incumbents on the board up for reelection this Spring, only Stephanie Clark is seeking another term.  Both Gary Laev and Cheryle Rebholz did not seek another term.  Two candidates that seek election to the school board are Jonathan Jacobs and Cindy Werner.

City of Mequon — John Hawkins, District 6, and Andrew Nerbun, District 7, filed necessary paperwork to seek reelection and will run unopposed in April.  Pam Adams, incumbent representing District 8, will face a challenger on April 7th, Thomas Myers.

Village of Thiensville — The incumbent trustees up for reelection, Kenneth C. Kucharski and Kim C. Beck, will run unopposed on April 7th.  Van A. Mobley, incumbent Village President, will also run unopposed on that date.

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Reminder of Spring Elections

The following governing bodies have elections this coming Spring.

Mequon-Thiensville School District — the following board members are upon for re-election having served their three-year term — Stephanie Clark, Gary Laev and Cheryle Rebholz.  Declaration of Candidacy must be filed no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in the office of the school district clerk.  If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  The general election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

City of Mequon — the following individuals are up for re-election for a three-year term as alderperson — John Hawkins, District 6; Andrew Nerbun, District 7; and Pam Adams, District 8.  Declaration of Candidacy must be filed no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in the office of the city clerk.  If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  The general election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Village of Thiensville — the following trustees are up for re-election for a three-year term — Kenneth C. Kucharski and Kim C. Beck.  In addition, the Village president, Van A. Mobley, is up for re-election. Declaration of Candidacy must be filed no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in the office of the city clerk.  If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  The general election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

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Booster Club Fundraising

A mailing kicked off another phase of the fundraising being sought by the Homestead Booster Club.  The campaign is to raise $1.5 million to upgrade outdoor athletic facilities.  This project is complementary to facility improvements envisioned in the facilities referendum.

For more information, click here.

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Highlights from Survey of Proposed Facilities Referendum

Highlights from the Mequon-Thiensville School District survey on the proposed facilities referendum were shared with the public.  The survey contained responses from 540 people.

“I believe the district’s facilities needs must be addressed now” — 87.0% strongly agree or agree

“I would vote ‘yes’ on a referendum question if I felt that it was the correct solution that addressed the needs identified as capital improvement projects” — 85.6% strongly agree or agree

“I have children who currently attend or have attended a Mequon-Thiensville School District school.” — 69.7% responded “yes”

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Facilities Referendum Vote April 7th

The school board passed two actions at its board meeting last Monday.  First, the board unanimously authorized the borrowing of $18.2 million.  Second, the vote on the referendum will be on April 7th ballot for the residents of Mequon & Thiensville.
The last successful referendum was in 1998.  A referendum is required by state law when the spending plan is in excess of the normal tax levy limit which is based upon enrollment.  Voters rejected referendums in 2002 and 2006.
Some details of the proposed use of the $18.2 million can be found by clicking here.
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New Treasurer Needed

If you can balance a check book and have 1 hour a month to volunteer, you are the perfect candidate to be Treasurer of InformMT.  After several years as Treasurer, Nancy Anderson will pass along the ledger of InformMt when a new Treasurer is identified.  Thank you, Nancy, for your work on making sure the expenses are paid to keep InformMT sending these important newsletters to the Mequon-Thiensville community.

Please email Jeff Francis at InformMT@gmail.com if you are interested.

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Survey for Proposed Facilities Referendum

At the special meeting last Tuesday, it was noted that 540 people participated in the survey on the proposed facilities referendum.   

The survey that was administered by The Donovan Group was viewed as valuable by Superintendent Means. 

As reported by Dave Fidlin with News Graphic:  
“There was a strong correlation between parent and non-parent status and specific answers to key survey questions,” Donovan said. “In fact, this status was the most important determinant for how respondents answered the survey, surpassing age or number of years in the district.”

According to Donovan’s results, half of the respondents answered the question with “strongly agree.” 
 
“This level of agreement is much higher than we typically see for this type of question,” Donovan said.  

Thanks for those that participated and shared your thoughts on this important issue.

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Update on Proposed Facilities Referendum

Leaders of the Mequon-Thiensville School District are one step closer to going to a referendum and asking voters to authorize additional spending on a series of capital expenses.

The school board held a special meeting last Tuesday to discuss the referendum proposal and reviewed results from a recently administered survey.

The board members were asked to review four referendum proposal packages of $11 million, $17 million, $18 million and $20 million.
Five strategic goals were considered during the deliberations.  Most of the board members backed a plan allocating $14.4 million for capital improvement projects and $3.8 million for collaborative learning environments in middle and high school classrooms.
With this direction, Superintendent Demond Means will work with the district’s legal counsel to draft a resolution authorizing the referendum question.  The board is expected to make a formal vote on the issue when it holds its regular meeting tomorrow, Monday, December 15, 2014.
It is likely that this referendum will be part of the spring general election to be held on April 7, 2015.
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MTSD Honored for AP Test Results

Mequon-Thiensville School District was recognized for the second consecutive year for both increased participation and student performance on AP exams.  Homestead High School offers 22 AP courses compared to 14 three years ago.

In this past year, there were 371 students who took the test with 90% receiving a score of 3 or better.  The senior class had 52.5% score a 3 or better while at Homestead.  Further information can be found here.

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Notification of Spring election

The following governing bodies have elections this coming Spring.

Mequon-Thiensville School District — the following board members are upon for re-election having served their three-year term — Stephanie Clark, Gary Laev and Cheryle Rebholz.  Declaration of Candidacy must be filed no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in the office of the school district clerk.  If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  The general election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

City of Mequon — the following individuals are up for re-election for a three-year term as alderperson — John Hawkins, District 6; Andrew Nerbun, District 7; and Pam Adams, District 8.  Declaration of Candidacy must be filed no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in the office of the city clerk.  If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  The general election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Village of Thiensville — the following trustees are up for re-election for a three-year term — Kenneth C. Kucharski and Kim C. Beck.  In addition, the Village president, Van A. Mobley, is up for re-election. Declaration of Candidacy must be filed no later than 5:00 PM, Tuesday, January 6, 2015, in the office of the city clerk.  If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  The general election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. 

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